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  • Summary: Yusuf Islam (who seems to have lost the "Islam" portion of his name), better known by his former name of Cat Stevens, returns with his first album of pop songs since 1978.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
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  1. 80
    Songs that any liberal-minded Cat Stevens fan will adore. [Dec 2006, p.120]
  2. The folky arrangements, melancholic singing, and romantic worldview of his early work are intact. [17 Nov 2006, p.127]
  3. 70
    Sounds astoundingly like an album from his '70s heyday.
  4. Skipping over a few songs, such as "When Butterflies Leave" and "Whispers From A Spiritual Garden" — because who wants to hear spiritual babbling when Islam can sing so diatonically correct — the album flourishes into a masterpiece of sincerity to its core.
  5. A minor but pleasantly unexpected surprise.
  6. The Cat is back, albeit more of a moonshadow of his former self and lacking some purr and bite.
  7. Though the songs are all praises to the Creator (or His prophet), there is little sense of joy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
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  1. catsfan
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    I am too youbg to be a cat steven fan. but after listening to the album few times and making sense of it. i will say that the mass media I am too youbg to be a cat steven fan. but after listening to the album few times and making sense of it. i will say that the mass media didnt give cats his due. this album is terrific. the message in it is amazing. its very simple and universal. the man is muslim so its natural for him to refer to his faith. i recommend this album for all Expand
  2. on
    Feb 8, 2007
    10
    brilliant
  3. Alanpartrigde
    Nov 23, 2006
    10
    Great comeback! introspective lyrics with catchy melodies here are the hallmark of Cat/Yusuf. Only this time more mature and having found Great comeback! introspective lyrics with catchy melodies here are the hallmark of Cat/Yusuf. Only this time more mature and having found himself. Shallow minded listeners of today's trash music may find the man from the sensitive seventies hard to understand. Expand
  4. ghadeer
    Mar 10, 2007
    10
    great
  5. YasirS
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    Its the best of the 70's.
  6. VivT
    Jan 21, 2007
    9
    Superb and have missed his music so much. Just one track I'm not sure of... otherwise inspirational
  7. Apr 20, 2011
    6
    The melodies are basically agreeable and the voice is recognizably Cat Stevens but overall, there is a dull, lifeless - or perhaps tentativeThe melodies are basically agreeable and the voice is recognizably Cat Stevens but overall, there is a dull, lifeless - or perhaps tentative and uncommitted - feeling to the album. It could probably have benefited from better production. Expand

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